Proverbs 17:1
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New International Version
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.

New Living Translation
Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting--and conflict.

English Standard Version
Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.

King James Bible
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.

International Standard Version
Dry crumbs in peace are better than a full meal with strife.

NET Bible
Better is a dry crust of bread where there is quietness than a house full of feasting with strife.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Dry bread in quietness is better than a house full of the sacrifices of judgment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better a bite of dry bread [eaten] in peace than a family feast filled with strife.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is a dry morsel in peace than the house of contention full of sacrifices for a feast.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is a dry morsel, with quietness, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

American King James Version
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

American Standard Version
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting [with] strife.

English Revised Version
Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than an house full of feasting with strife.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

World English Bible
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:1 These words recommend family love and peace, as needful for the comfort of human life. 2. The wise servant is more deserving, and more likely to appear one of the family, than a profligate son. 3. God tries the heart by affliction. He thus has often shown the sin remaining in the heart of the believer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - (Comp, Proverbs 15:16, 17; Proverbs 16:8.) Better (sweeter) is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith. Dry bread was soaked in wine or water before it was eaten. Thus Boaz bid Ruth "dip her morsel in the vinegar" (Ruth 2:14); thus Jesus gave the sop to Judas when he had dipped it (John 13:26). The Septuagint is pleonastic, "Better is a morsel with joy in peace." Aben Ezra connects this verse with the last two of ch. 16, confining the application to the patient man; but the sentence seems rather to be independent and general. Than an house full of sacrifices with strife. Of the thank or peace offerings part only was burnt upon the altar, the rest was eaten by the offerer and his family; and as the victims were always the choicest animals, "a house full of sacrifices" would contain the materials for sumptuous feasting (see on Proverbs 7:4). The joyous family festival often degenerated into excess, which naturally led to quarrels and strife (see 1 Samuel 1:5, 6, 13; 1 Samuel 2:13, etc.). So the agapae of the early Church were desecrated by licence and selfishness (1 Corinthians 11:20, etc.). Septuagint, "than a house full of many good things and unrighteous victims with contention." With this verse compare the Spanish proverb, "Mas vale un pedazo de pan con amor, que gallinas con dolor."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith,.... A small quantity of bread; a broken piece of bread, as the word (w) signifies; which has been long broken off, and become "dry" (x); a dry crust of bread; old bread, as the Arabic version; an old, mouldy, dry piece of bread: and the word used has the signification of destruction in it: bread that has lost its taste and virtue; or, however, a mere piece of bread is meant, without anything to eat with it, as Gersom, butter, cheese, or flesh: this, with quietness and peace among those that partake of it, peace in the family, in a man's own mind, especially if he has the peace of God, which passeth all understanding; this is better

than a house full of sacrifices with strife; than a house ever so well furnished with good cheer, or a table ever so richly spread; or where there is plenty of slain beasts for food, or for sacrifice, which were usually the best, and part of which the people had to eat, and at which times feasts used to be made; but the meanest food, with tranquillity and contentment, is preferable to the richest entertainment where there is nothing but strife and contention among the guests; for, where that is, there is confusion and every evil work: peace and joy in the Holy Ghost are better than meats and drinks. Mr. Dod used to say,

"brown bread and the Gospel are good fare;''

see Proverbs 15:17.

(w) "frustrum", a "fregit", Gejerus. (x) "siccum frustum panis", Tigurine version; "cibi sicci" Junius & Tremellius; "brucella sicca", V. L. Mercerus, Piscator; "buccea sicca", Cocceuis; "frustum sicci, sc. cibi", Michaelis, "frustum siccae buccellae, Schultens, so Ben Melech.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 17

Pr 17:1-28.

1. sacrifices—or, "feasts" made with part of them (compare Pr 7:14; Le 2:3; 7:31).

with—literally, "of."

strife—its product, or attendant.

Proverbs 17:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
1Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife. 2A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, And will share in the inheritance among brothers.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:17
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Proverbs 17:2
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
Treasury of Scripture

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

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Proverbs 7:14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I paid my vows.

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Proverbs 21:9,19 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling …

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